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Will this year's Tiger Woods World Challenge be the Southern Cal native's last 'home' game?

December 02, 2013

From the Dec. 2 edition of Golf World Monday:


Graeme McDowell won his second Tiger Woods World Challenge last year at Sherwood CC. Photo: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

A local advertising campaign for Tiger Woods' Northwestern Mutual World Challenge is not shying away from the bittersweet news of the event's final playing in Southern California. Left unsaid, however, is the possibility that this is Woods' final appearance in front of his hometown fans. Granted, the posh Sherwood CC -- hosting its 14th World Challenge -- hardly resembles the eastern Orange County neighborhood where Woods grew up nearly 70 miles away.

A quick glimpse of the future major championship schedule shows no events coming to the greater Los Angeles area, with few prospects on the horizon. Tiger's disdain for Riviera's Poa annua greens makes a start in the Northern Trust Open highly unlikely, unless he makes a late-career, ceremonial appearance at the first PGA Tour event he played. But Woods is hardly the sentimental type; bank on this as his final appearance in the region where his legendary career started. How time flies.